File Image of Mahela Jayawardene playing in IPL. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene was on Friday appointed the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians.
The 39-year-old, who replaced Ricky Ponting, played for Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the cash-rich league.
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Ponting spent four seasons with the team, the last two as full time head coach.
"Mumbai Indians have the most passionate fan base in the IPL and I have always been wowed by the amazing support the team gets at Wankhede Stadium. In what is a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them more on-field success and joy," he added.
Jayawardene will soon be traveling to Mumbai to conduct a detailed meeting with the club management and to take charge of his new office.